A baby died in a hot car while the woman caring for him joined his mother in church. The upsetting incident took place over the weekend while the baby was in the care of his mom’s friend.
Q13 Fox reports that a 3-month-old infant boy was left in a car outside a Phoenix church for three hours Saturday. Temperatures soared into the 90s. Police officers responded to a call about an injured child at Abundant Life Church in Phoenix around 2 p.m. Saturday.
Police say Haden Nelson and his mother stayed the night with a 27-year-old friend. The two women were supposed to attend choir practice Saturday afternoon, but Haden’s mother had to be there earlier. When the friend arrived later on, she had Haden and two other children with her at 11 a.m., according to the report.
Officer James Holmes wrote an email on what caused the tragedy.
“Indications are the suspect was a bit late and she and the other children exited the car. The suspect went immediately into the church for practice.”
By the time choir practiced ended at 2 p.m., Haden’s mother noticed her son wasn’t around. As Holmes writes in his email, everyone urgently searched for the boy. When the mom’s friend went to the parking lot, she found the baby in the hot car.
With the temperature between 95 and 97-degrees, the inside of the vehicle was scorching at an even higher temperature.
Officer Holmes says the woman who drove Haden to the church was in a hurry, forgetting about him being in the car.
“… She had something that she had to do, and she didn’t take a minute to make sure,” Holmes adds.
Haden died at a local hospital despite efforts to save him.
“You cannot imagine what this lady is going through right now, what this family is going through …,” Holmes concludes.
The woman in this hot car death was released. Her name isn’t being revealed at this time. It’s unknown if the woman will be charged with anything, but the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has yet to determine that.
As Q13 also reports, according to KidsandCars.org, 28 children, including Haden, have died in 2014 after being left inside a hot car.
The Inquisitr has covered many stories involving hot car death tragedies among children in 2014. Children from infancy to the age of 8 or 9 have been left in a hot car far too often during 2014’s summer season.
[Image via Q13 Fox]